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Discovering the Flos Tatou lighting collection
Patricia Urquiola’s elegant lighting series, Tatou, takes its name from the French word ‘armadillo’ and draws its influences from that of armour.
It is inspired first and foremost by the protective layer of the armadillo’s shell, but also by that of antique Japanese protective armour, something designer Urquiola is fascinated by.
The inspirations behind Tatou are instantly seen in its shape – the final design is made up of four methacrylate plates that combine to form the dome of the shade. These overlapping plates not only emphasise the light’s origins, but also create a highly decorative appearance and decorative lighting effect.
The perforated shade of the Tatou allows for a harmonic play on light and shadow. The light floods the lamp, but it filters through discretely to the eyes – this, in the words of Urquiola, ‘creates a harmonious play of light and shadow through the shade’s three-dimensional construction’.
It was imperative for Urquiola that the Tatou series, although mass-produced, still managed to ‘retain strong artisan connotations.’ This is evident in the elegantly patterned design and symmetrical shape. Similarly, producing Tatou in its three colours (white, ochre, black) was no accident either. It was decided that these colours were the best for obtaining different, aesthetically-pleasing lighting effects.
For Urquiola, the Tatou series wasn’t just a product – it was an emotional item also – and its name is ‘consistent with the emotional function’ of the item. Tatou is available as a Table Lamp, Floor Lamp and Pendant Light.